Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round Up! We love books and are voracious readers. Mr. N has been busy reading some fantastic books in June and these are his recommendations. From the history of the United States Marine Corps to Horror/Paranormal to Baseball, each of these books offers the reader an enjoyable reading experience. Take it away, Mr. N:
Traces the history of the Marine Corps from the American Revolution to the present and reveals how the force has adapted to changing times.
Mr. N’s Review: A classic re-read. Millett crafts the history of the Marines beautifully. From the early 18th century beginnings up to the first Desert War. The story of the history of the Marines is one of America. The Marines are unique in the annals of America’s fighting men – the elite who are always ready to go where needed – no matter what. The history tells you the story of their growth, their brave and heroic battles and the bureaucratic battles that last to this day to simply keep the Marines alive. Politics is ugly when wielded against the USMC. A brilliant 5 + star book that is sadly out of print but a proud member of my bookshelf.
A STUNNING NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE BEST-SELLING AUTHORS OF ALL TIME!
The #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
“I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book.” –Stephen King
Mr. N’s Review: Not your typical King story if there is such a thing nowadays. King tells the tale of a young man, Dev, fighting to overcome his first heartbreak and his employ at an amusement part beset by both an unsolved murder and a ghost. Well written, poignant and very readable. It is a pretty solid book with only a slightly overdone ending. 4 stars.
Playing in a World Series was more than a dream for the Mets’ catcher, it was an “obsession,” a goal he had set as a boy and which he pursued for 10 years with the Montreal Expos before he came to New York in 1985. The 1986 season was the climactic one, as the Mets beat the Boston Red Sox in seven games. That Carter is a gentleman and a fine person is evident in every line of this look at the 1986 season, with special emphasis on the playoffs and World Series. His natural enthusiasm and exuberance for playing baseball, his admiration and respect for his teammates, and his devotion to his wife and family are a refreshing change from the usual sports biography. Even controversial topics like the Mike Scott sandpaper episode and the shabby treatment Carter suffered while with the Expos are related with candor and style. Not to be missed.
Mr. N’s Review: The story of the late great Gary Carter. He tells the story of the 1986 Mets Championship from his view and it is a superb read! The story is more melancholy than it first was as Gary has sadly passed away now but the joy of his life and that which he found in family and baseball blazes in the pages. A fantastic baseball book and a great way for someone to relive the magic of the 1986 Mets Championship. 5+ stars.
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MRS N, Book Addict